Photography Provided By: Talweg Creative,  Bailey Toksoz Photography
Photography Provided By: Talweg Creative,  Bailey Toksoz Photography

5 Reasons to Head to Palm Desert This Summer—#3 Is a Crowd Favorite

Pack Your Bags and Head to This Sun-Drenched Desert City

As things continue to open up, we’re itchin’ for a sun-soaked getaway with plenty of poolside cocktails and outdoor adventures. Naturally, the summer months have us craving a warm-weather escape, and we know exactly where to set our GPS.

Just a few hours inland sits the dreamy City of Palm Desert—a laid-back destination for all things leisure. Whether it’s strolling down the store-lined street of El Paseo, dining under the desert sky or lounging poolside at Hotel Paseo, there is no shortage of entertainment in this charming desert city. Here are five reasons to pack your suitcase, throw on your shades and make your way to the City of Palm Desert this summer. To Do Palm Desert


1 | Gorgeous Nature Trails

Palm Desert is home to a variety of scenery-laced trails, which are perfect for hiking, biking or riding around on horseback. No matter if you’re an avid cycler or just looking for an easy, family-friendly ride, there are plenty of scenic routes to experience. Click here to view a Palm Desert road biking map. If biking isn’t your thing, you can take a look at the area’s best equestrian-friendly and walkable trails here. For a more leisurely hike, we recommend the Hopalong Cassidy Trail and Randall Henderson Trail, which both offer plenty of picturesque mountain views.


2 | Open-Air Eats To Do Palm Desert

Few destinations enjoy the four-season privilege of al fresco wining and dining, but Palm Desert boasts a slew of culinary destinations that line the city’s famed El Paseo. The San Jacinto Mountain backdrop frames this high-end shopping and dining district, where outdoor tables covered in white tablecloths are set for gourmet cuisine and gracious service. Enjoy a shi shi sit-down dinner at one of El Paseo’s upscale restaurants, or take your meal to go and eat on your own at Lupine Plaza, a charming new outdoor dining space on El Paseo.

Lupine Plaza
Lupine Ln
Palm Desert, CA 92260


3 | Walk on the Wild Side

Plan a day trip to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens to see the newly opened Australian Adventures Exhibit! In this immersive habitat, you’ll find a variety of Australian species like free-flying budgies, cockatiels, emu, tawny-frogmouths, singing kookaburras, yellow-footed wallabies, reptiles and more. Other notable things to do at The Living Desert include giraffe feeding, taking a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel and embarking on a private safari tour. You and your crew can buy and reserve your tickets online today!

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260


4 | ‘Tis the Season to Shop

Palm Desert’s mile-long, luxury shopping district, El Paseo, features more than 200 restaurants, shops, art galleries and other businesses! Whether you’re looking for snazzy jewelry, trendy clothing, home decor, art or the perfect gift, El Paseo is the ultimate destination for some high-end retail therapy. Westfield Palm Desert is also a great indoor mall that boasts over 150 shops, a food court and a movie theater. You’ll find a slew of name-brand stores at Westfield, such as Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, Dick’s Sporting Goods, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, and more. Get a jumpstart on your summer shopping at these two supreme Palm Desert retail destinations.

El Paseo
Between Hwy 74 and Portola

Westfield Palm Desert
72840 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

5 | The Sweetest of Deals To Do Palm Desert

As one of the most Instagrammable hotels in Greater Palm Springs, Hotel Paseo is no slouch when it comes to first-class amenities. This midcentury modern retreat is just steps away from El Paseo, so you can conveniently do your shopping and still spend the rest of your day by the pool. Don’t miss out on Hotel Paseo’s amazing Pups n’ Paws Package—the perfect deal for you and your furry friend!

Hotel Paseo
45400 Larkspur Ln
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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